After a period in which it seemed that historians' interest in the 19th century had faded and contemporary history involved only the 20th century, there is now a renewed awareness for the "Bourgeois Century". This new work by one of the most renowned Italian scholars specialized in 19th century history is thus quite timely. It provides a comprehensive overview of that era and proposes a unitary reading of contemporary history, the key features of which began to emerge fully in the 19th century. This century was a "long" one, stretching from the French Revolution to World War I. Solidly anchored to facts and chronology, the author clearly identifies the main features - in culture, politics, society and the economy - that defined an age that ushered in a modernity that endures to the present day.
Raffaele Romanelli teaches Contemporary History at the La Sapienza University in Rome.
Introduzione. Il tempo presente in prospettiva storica
I. L'età dei diritti
II. Trasformare il mondo
III. Il tempo della borghesia
IV. Questioni di genere
V. Questioni di fede
VI. L'età delle libertà
VII. La parola ai fatti. Intorno al Quarantotto
VIII. Nazioni nuove, nuovi Stati
IX. Socialismo, comunismo
X. Imperi. Le diverse Europe
XI. Grandi movimenti. Uomini, macchine, merci, capitali